There has been a torrent of speculation about StreamWork since Google announced yesterday that they would cease investment in Wave as a standalone product. StreamWork has always been fully complementary to Wave, as it is with other horizontal collaboration environments.
We have been working with the Google team recently, and showed Wave and Watch that stream become a wave, a co-innovation that we found very interesting, and we announced at the time that we intended our customers to benefit from the combined work within a year.
I am happy to state that we intend to beat that timeline.
There are many aspects to the Wave technology, not the least of which is the intersection with OpenSocial and Gadgets. These are some of the technologies which we employed in the federation, for example. These are some examples of the co-innovations which may show up in our products.
From the beginning of the StreamWork effort, we have been committed to not forcing people to change how they work when they are productive with their tools. We are completely open from that perspective. Due to the excitement around Wave and some of the parallel experience patterns, we were excited to federate with it, but we never relied upon it. We want the StreamWork experience to show up everywhere you work, and as those tools change we will change with them. To date, we continue to refine the product regularly and add features based on customer requests and voting.
One comment we heard with respect to Wave was people struggling with lack of direction and lack of context. Directional work is a core design point of StreamWork, and SAP has oodles of context. Oodles. So, in other words, we are more excited than ever by the uptake, momentum, and direction of the StreamWork effort. You will see StreamWork being connected to more and more applications within SAP and outside SAP.
One last thought: we have enjoyed working with the Wave team tremendously; hats off to a first-rate team that grabbed some daunting engineering challenges head on and made progress for the industry! And we have a feeling that the fun is far from over.
Please give us your feedback, your concerns, and your excitements, so we can work them out together.